MANILA, Philippines – The initial meeting between likely SBP incoming president Al Panlilio and PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa to brainstorm how to approach the new FIBA schedule of international competition was set to take place last Thursday but it was postponed for tonight with both parties agreeing to move forward in finding a win-win solution.
The problem is the new FIBA qualifying process for the World Cup and Olympics cuts through the PBA schedule and if PBA players continue to be tapped for Gilas, there will be disruptive repercussions.
Even without the new FIBA schedule in effect, the PBA has made major adjustments in its calendar. This year, the PBA has postponed the start of the Governors Cup to July and if Gilas makes it to Rio, it will be delayed further. Another adjustment was moving the annual draft from August to Oct. 31. Once the new FIBA schedule kicks in, the PBA will make more adjustments unless the decision is to stock the national team only with non-PBA players.
The six qualifying windows for the 2019 FIBA World Cup are scheduled in November 2017, February, June, September and November 2018 and February 2019. The conflict in schedule is not exclusive to the PBA as it will also affect the NBA and every other pro or semi-pro league in the world....
ALASKA team owner Wilfred Uytengsu wants the top amateurs in the land to join the coming PBA Draft even if they ink long-term contracts with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to be part of the Gilas Cadet pool.
Uytengsu bared his “win-win” solution on the eve of today’s meeting between SBP officials and PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa amid fears the league might be faced with a talent-starved pool in the coming Draft.
Basketball godfather Manny V. Pangilinan, the outgoing chair of the SBP, earlier said they would reactivate the Cadet program by signing up the country’s blue-chip amateurs to exclusive contracts that would make them available anytime for international competitions....
Veteran guard Jimmy Alapag is confident that the Meralco Bolts are ready to take the next step and earn their first-ever finals stint in the PBA Governors’ Cup set to begin July 15.
Meralco came close to advancing to the title series of the Commissioner’s Cup but lost to Alaska in a do-or-die fifth game of the semifinals.
But Alapag sees a much-improved Bolts because of that experience in which the team finished with an 8-3 record in the elimination round, a huge improvement from their disappointing 1-10 campaign in the Philippine Cup....
THE PBA’S plan to stage its All-Star festivities in Dubai this year has been shelved for next season, with the annual spectacle now slated at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
It will be the first time in four years that the classic North vs South matchup will be held in Metro Manila since 2012, when Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay hosted it. The event has had stops in Boracay, Palawan, Davao and Laoag.
The organizers had faced the difficult task of bringing in a delegation of close to 150 people to Dubai, but they assured the PBA that the All-Star Week will be held there next year....
The Bolts reached as far as the semifinal round, the franchise’s best finish in the league, with import Arinze Onuaku leading the way.
Meralco would have secured Onuaku again for the season-ending tournament, but the 6-foot-9 American is ineligible to play in the Governors’ Cup due to height restrictions. So the Bolts brought in Durham, a former import for Barako Bull....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||11||6||0.647||4th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||1||10||0.091||12th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||6||7||0.462||7th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||8||8||0.500||4th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||9th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||3rd|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||7th|